Saturday, February 28, 2009

Random Outing #2

I got out for about an hour or so yesterday to shoot after all of the running around I get to do on Fridays. I was feeling one of the fabulous black and white image moods so that is what I shot. I had been looking at this location for a few days. I drive by it a lot to take my husband to work, and I liked the lack of light yesterday so ... I stopped. Here's what I came back with ...

I was trying to hook up with my cousin who offered me a sweet deal. She would teach me all she knew about photography if I taught her how to post in the online community I talked her into joining a while ago. She has been really busy with school and has not had the time to learn about posting. I told her of course she has a deal. I can show her how to do that stuff in 10 minutes flat, unlike me she can remember things ... So I am sure I will only have to go threw it all once.

I also took another image that I wanted to post in this posting, I also took one of the photos and did some filter work to it. I used Poster Edges and Ink Outlines on it!! ... So enough with the excited rambling, and on with the photos already!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Dream Camera

Okay ... I have my dream camera, It is kind of an oldie I guess, but it is the Nikon D40 SLR. I have always enjoyed Nikon camera. I have a close friend that has used Nikon for years. I used to shoot with it, but I never did the set up for shooting, He did. I wish he still lived around here because I would love to learn from him now. I have been pricing the camera at different places and it costs from 399.00 to 799.00 depending on the place.

My cousin just got one .. So I am going to be able to see some of it's work close up in the near future. She is going to be a photography graduate this coming year from one of our local community colleges. We are planning some outings ... I can say that I cannot wait. I think all of this might be re-newing my excitement with taking photos ... and I know I needed that. I was starting to not care if I ever picked up a camera again. I am sure that thought was born of having to spend more time alone, Which I already do enough already because the husband and I work different schedules now and have been for a while (since my freaking car broke down majorly again!!!).

Filter Fun And Bad Shots

I got to messing around with images and photo filters in elements 6 again, and this time I took some images that I would have other wise deleted because they came out really blurry, but I added some photo editing touches and this is what I came up with ...

So I now know that all bad images might not be so bad after applying some filters and making some adjustments ... You might actually get something a little creepy or a little interesting at least.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Birthday ....

Today I turn 34 years old. Most woman won't tell you their age, but .. I am not most woman and think age is just a freaking number. You are only as old as you feel, and today for the first time in about 3 1/2 weeks I feel like myself, and I like it a lot, but I find myself wondering where time has went. I guess sometimes life passes us by and we do not even see it, much less realize it. I just took this photo the other day while I was sitting on the side of the road on a bridge railing just watching the sky and taking in the fresh crisp air. I have not done any processing on it because I seem to like it just as is, in-fact I have it as my desktop at work because it is something other than snow. I really do not have anything to say, I just felt like sharing my good mood with someone because the bad mood I have been in since I got sick is finally lifting and feels great!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Filter Experimentation

In the forum I am part of we had a photo challenge this month on experimenting with filters. I was debating on taking part in it because I have not really been out too much shooting lately, but I had some shots that I had not processed that I was thinking od dumping because they just did not turn out the way I wanted them to, So I turned them into something to experiement with in Photoshop Elements 6. Here's what I came up with. The filters I used were Glowing Edges, Neon Glow, Ink Outlines, Poster Edges, Gaussian Blur, and Diffusion Glow.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Snow And Ice

I finally got out the other day. I did not last too long before I felt like someone stabbed me in the lung with a fork, but I got a few shots! These shots are not my best by far, but my mood was a lot different than normal when I go out shooting. I shot these images with conversion to black and white in mind. I love shooting with that process in mind ... I always have.

This image is of a small snow covered stream in the middle of no where

This image was taken at Buttermilk Falls State Park

This image was also taken at Buttermilk Falls State Park

Monday, February 9, 2009

Update ...

I have not really been out to shoot anything for a couple of weeks because walking out the front door was something that felt like death to me because of the cold air going into my lungs. I have a really bad case of Bronchitis. I am doing a little bit better this week, but they think I might have Asthma now and that is what is causing all the lung problems ... Ugg!! Does the freaking list ever end. I kid you not, It feels like the older I get ... The more I seem to fall apart. I think I have had enough of that for a while. I would love to go more than a month before the next attack happens. I go to walk out my door and I cough for about a half hour straight! Going to work has been a challenger, but I need the money to pay my bills and I do not have one of those jobs that pays sick time, much less anything else. I did stay home Tuesday last week because I could barely move due to the Migraines I have been getting from the coughing.

I now have to deal with an inhaler, Prednisone, antibiotics, and Cough syrup with codeine! I guess it could be a lot worse .. I could be in the hospital right? .. lol. I am hoping it does not take as long as the doctors say to kick this round, because this one has been painful both physically and emotionally. I am doing pretty good so far ... I can talk this week, that is more than I could do last week, So I am getting better slowly I guess.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sick And Stuck In #3

This is the 3rd and final set in this series. I have a lot more to process, but I have been spending a fair share of time sleeping off this illness. I cannot wait for the medication to start working. So without further re due the final photos.

Sick And Stuck In #2

I decided to split this editing session into a few different posts because I have quite a few photos that I have never posted before that I got cleaned up and ready to share. I still think that I love the Black and White photos the best of everything I have done, minus a few color photos here and there. Here is the next set in the batch.

Sick And Stuck In ...

Well ... I got to make a small visit to the emergency room yesterday morning because I could not breath right and I was vomiting blood. Diagnosis is ... A serious case of Bronchitis. I went from having a sore throat the night before to this with in 12 hours. I now have an inhaler to use, an antibiotic, a decongestant, and a peak flow meter (which measures my breathing).

I decided it was a good time to sit down and edit some photos ... Here are some of the ones I edited tonight.